Samsung 830 SSD review: Samsung 830 SSD


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Performance
The Samsung 830 series performed excellently in our testing, especially where it matters the most: data rates.

We tested the drive by copying a large amount of data both when it was used as a secondary drive and when it was used as the main (boot) drive of the test machine. In the former case, the drive can show its full throughput speed, and in the latter, it represents what normal users would get from using it in daily usage.

When used as a secondary drive, the Samsung 830 series registered a real-world copying speed of 261.63MBps, topping the chart. The second fastest we've seen is the Plextor PX-256M2S, which scored 261MBps, just a tad slower. When used as the main and single drive of the test machine, the Samsung 830 series was slower as expected since it had to perform both reading and writing at the same time, and averaged 172.88MBps, once again the fastest--more than 10MBps faster than the Plextor.

The drive also helps the test machine boot and shut down much faster. On top of that, applications, especially heavy ones, such as games or Photoshop take much less time to load.

In all, we were happy with what the drive offered, performance-wise. It also worked flawlessly during our testing without any problems.

Boot and shutdown time (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Shutdown  
Boot Time  
Samsung 830 Series
6 
13.3 
Plextor PX-256M2S
6 
13.5 
SanDisk Ultra
7.2 
13.5 
Crucial M4
6.8 
13.7 
OCZ Vertex 3
5.8 
14.1 
OCZ Agility 3
6.7 
14.7 
Patriot WildFire
7.5 
30 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
7.9 
45.4 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
12.2 
56.2 

Data transfer (in MB/s)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As secondary drive  
As OS drive  
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 
Plextor PX-256M2S
261 
162.03 
OCZ Vertex 3
260.71 
150.01 
Crucial M4
235.51 
117.99 
OCZ Agility 3
207.75 
101.67 
Patriot WildFire
202 
99.72 
Sandisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 

Service and support
Samsung backs the 830 series SSD with a three-year warranty, which is standard for most SSDs, though not as generous as the five-year warranty of the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. At the company's Web site, you'll find downloads for manuals, software, and firmware for the SSD.

Conclusion
We were really pleased with the new Samsung 830 series SSD and would recommend it to anybody if its price is comparable to or lower than that of other SSDs of the same standard and capacities on the market.

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  • Form Factor 2.5" Ultra Slim Line
  • Capacity 256 GB
  • Buffer Size 256 MB
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive